A week of enjoying colleagues

Look who came to visit! Bessie and Neo always have such a good time together.


This week, we continued our work spreading information about Vision 2030 to the California Community Colleges community.

On Wednesday, we held another in the System Webinar series, “Vision 2030: A Focus on Economic Mobility.”

Thank you to our speakers, Cheryl Aschenbach, Lizette Navarette, Marvin Martinez, and Daisy Gonzales!

The next System Webinar will be October 4th – “Vision 2030: A Focus on Climate Action.”

I enjoyed joining Andra Hoffman, President of the CCC Trustees to do a Vision 2030 presentation to all statewide trustees. The panel that followed the presentation was fantastic and included Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg from Kern, Uduak Joe-Ntuk from Long Beach, and Jonathan Abboud from Santa Barbara.


This week was a short week with the Labor Day weekend. I was here in Bakersfield and attended an event at Bakersfield College to celebrate Michael Carley from Porterville College, who was the recipient of this year’s Kern CCD Jack Hernandez Phronesis Award. Michael did a fantastic lecture on Humility, Empathy, and Faith.

The Kern CCD TALE Blog also published a post from Michael this week, in conjunction with his award. Check it out!

It was great being back on campus and seeing some of my colleagues from my time as BC President and Kern CCD Chancellor.

Good morning California.
It is September 9, 2023.
A good day to be a Community College Champion

From California Community Colleges.
Our Time is Now!

Golden West College Welcomes First Concurrent Enrollment Nursing Students Earning Bachelor’s Degrees

Golden West College welcomed the its first Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Pathway (CEP) cohort on Saturday, August 26. The CEP program is a historical moment for GWC’s nursing program as the College partners with California State University, San Bernardino to provide nursing students with an accelerated educational pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at an affordable cost.

» Read more about the cohort!

Merced College, UC Merced to Provide New Housing for Transfer Students

University of California, Merced and Merced College will jointly build a 488-bed student housing project for community college and transfer students. The Promise Housing facility will offer rooms on UC Merced’s campus to income-qualified community college students who have met the academic requirements of the Merced Promise transfer agreement. 

» Read more about the project!

Mt. San Antonio College Discusses Vision 2030

This week, Mt. SAC President Martha Garcia shared shared Vision 2030 with the entire management team, reviewing the 3 goals and 17 strategies charging management to connect all work to the goals of Vision 2030.

» Learn more about Vision 2030

El Camino College Receives Grant for Data Science Curriculum

El Camino College was recently awarded a grant to support its data science curriculum. The college began offering a data science class in 2021, with support from the data science education program at the University of California, Berkeley. 

» Read more about the grant!

In Case You Missed It

EdSource: How English Learners Can Benefit from College Classes in high School

Researchers and advocates say that dual enrollment — taking college courses during high school — can increase rates of graduation, college enrollment and college success. Yet students who are still learning English in high school often face barriers to dual enrollment courses.

» Read the article


The San Francisco Standard: AI Gold Rush –
Can Bay Area Classes Help Students Cash In?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that data scientists will be one of the fastest-growing—and highest-paying—occupations in the coming years. There are nearly half a million open jobs in data analytics, paying a median entry-level salary of $92,000, according to Google.

To help fill that demand, at least eight local colleges are participating in a regional joint venture to invest in artificial intelligence and data analytics programming through the Bay Area Community College Consortium.

» Read the article

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

From Larry Galizio:

Celebrating Chancellor Dianne Van Hook & 35 years leading College of the Canyons


From Andra Hoffman:

That moment when you’re trying to get a selfie with the @CalCommColleges Board of Governor’s President Amy Costa, but you sense a photo-bomber approaching! @markcmacdonald


From Ashanti Hands:

Surrounded by greatness. Blessed to share space with these incredible women at @sdcaawcc’s Inaugural Conference: Strengthening Women in Higher Education! #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #legacy #brillianceeverywhere #standingontheshoulderofgiants


Shasta College shared this post about yesterday’s 5.0 earthquake near Fall River Mills:

Did you feel the earthquake? We sure did! We even caught it on the seismometer in our Physical Sciences building!

And From the Home of the Renegades

Jaime Gili Lecture and Monte Exhibition

Jaime Gili, a renowned artist known for his unique blend of art and architecture, shared his artistic journey with community members and students of Bakersfield College. Born in Venezuela in 1972, Gili’s passion for art began early, and he honed his skills in London. Over the years, he has become a prominent figure in contemporary art, known for his vibrant colors and architectural elements.

He recently gave a talk ahead of his exhibition hosted at the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery from September 7th to October 12th, 2023.

» Read more!

» And check out this throwback article about Wylie Jones from the BC Archives, starting on page 3.

Wrapping up with a fun photo from the Phronesis award at BC.

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Remember – our greatest challenges enable us to do our greatest work.

That’s all for today.

See you next Saturday!

With much hope and joy, 

Your Chancellor,



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